Past exhibitions

Christian Werner: Still life FRG – Inventory of Mr. and Ms. B's house

Opening: January 22, 2016
Exhibition: January 23, 2016 - April 03, 2016

The photographer Christian Werner (*1977 in Paderborn) is fascinated by the history of the old FRG `this country, which does not exist anymore and has influenced us all´. For all of his projects he chooses different methods of investigation.

Prior to Christmas 2014 an old schoolmate asked him to photograph the house of his grandfather, who had recently passed away. A man, who reached the age of 80, outlived his wife several years and left behind the traces of a typically provincial Western German postwar life in form of an arrangement of personal things. Werner photographed the house in only one day, right before it was cleared out. The snapshot tells stories about Mr. and Mrs. B.’s life, while at the same time depicting a part of design history and lifestyle in the FRG. The photo series will be presented to the public for the first time at the Kunstpalais – with a selection of more than 40 images.

Christian Werner’s inventory is comprehensive and personal – the approach is not bureaucratic but poetic. He does not arrange the objects, but finds a suitable composition for every item. Sometimes he photographs the objects in close-up, cropped and from an unexpected angle. Another time he chooses a frontal and symmetric composition. The images are unmistakably connected through Werner’s striking photographic style. The characteristic bright flashlight, which draws attention to each objects, blurs the shades and creates high contrasts and intense colours.